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JFCS is pleased to welcome 7 board members serving their one-year term starting in 2022.

Helene Ansel  – Helene’s years of experience in outreach and community engagement have been rich in the realm of human services offered by JFCS.  She is well-connected in the Long Beach community and with organizations that represent partnership potential for JFCS.  Her experience working with Rep. Alan Lowenthal informs her deep understanding of political environments as it relates to the non-profit sector.

Jessica Garcia – “Being a first-generation Latina, whose first language is Spanish, has taught me that finding affordable resources can be challenging.  Sometimes, once having access to those tools, the language barrier can cause a feeling of defeat.” Jessica brings life experience and a background rich in community engagement, fundraising, event planning, and leadership to the board.

Mark Guillen – “Being a person of color myself, I have a strong understanding of the needs of the underserved and the donor base who is passionate about giving to these efforts.”  Mark is an experienced engagement expert with an extensive network of business leaders elected officials, and philanthropic stakeholders.  He serves on several high-profile boards in the community.

Jonathan Kass – Jonathan has deep roots in the Long Beach Jewish community as a past president and treasurer of Temple Israel Long Beach.  He was campaign chair for the Jewish Federation for three years, during which time he also participated in the strategic planning process of the Federation.  He has served on several boards, and after a break for a few years, is now ready to serve on the JFCS board.

Nicole Malina – Nicole has a strong background in development and event planning, having worked as a development manager for the Aquarium of the Pacific and as director of development for the Alpert JCC.  Her interests in music (she’s a DJ and hip hop enthusiast), animal advocacy locally takes her into diverse circles of community members.  She is currently Southwest Deputy Regional Director for J Street, a pro-Israel advocacy organization.

Andres Molina – A first-generation Latino and fluent in Spanish, Andres serves on the board of CSULA’s Alumni Association.  His background in supporting and planning special events and fundraisers for political clubs, and his relationships with companies and relevant stakeholders that could support JFCS’ efforts in outreach, make him an excellent fit for the JFCS board.

Nancy Schneider and Howard Weiss are returning to the JFCS board.  Nancy returns after taking a year off, and Howard returned to the board last year as a presidential appointment.